1. Take This Hammer


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    KQED's mobile film unit follows author and activist James Baldwin in the spring of 1963, as he's driven around San Francisco to meet with members of the local African-American community. He is escorted by Youth For Service's Executive Director Orville Luster and intent on discovering: "The real situation of Negroes in the city, as opposed to the image San Francisco would like to present." He declares: "There is no moral distance ... between the facts of life in San Francisco and the facts of life in Birmingham. Someone's got to tell it like it is. And that's where it's at." Includes frank exchanges with local people on the street, meetings with community leaders and extended point-of-view sequences shot from a moving vehicle, featuring the Bayview and Western Addition neighborhoods. Baldwin reflects on the racial inequality that African-Americans are forced to confront and at one point tries to lift the morale of a young man by expressing his conviction that: "There will be a Negro president of this country but it will not be the country that we are sitting in now." The TV Archive would like to thank Darryl Cox for championing the merits of this film and for his determination that it be preserved and remastered for posterity.

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    • Debate: James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley Jr. [1965]


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      Location: The Cambridge Union -- Cambridge, United Kingdom

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      • James Baldwin in London


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        • "The Importance of Reading" feat. Kerry Washington for Vanity Fair


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          • Short Documentary: Art from Adversity


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            One of the many New York City community organizations that formed in response to the AIDS epidemic is a writers group for Black Gay Men. In honor of James Baldwin's signature work, Another Country, the group selected the name Other Countries. It held its first writers workshop on June 14, 1986. Over the next year, it developed a three pronged program of peer critique, performance and publishing. In its 25 years, Other Countries has published three volumes of work by Black gay men and women. The most recent VOICES RISING came out in January 2007. The workshop continues each 2nd and 4th Saturday at NYC's LGBT Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Many past and current members have gone on to publish work that "went through" the workshop. Several who developed their craft in the workshop went on to work in publishing, television and academia. Though many of its founding members died twenty years ago, their affinity group continues to nurture and foster creativity and appreciation of the life we have, here and now.

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            • BCTV: N*****S IN EUROPE


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              an original motion portrait. contains excerpts from a 1969 conversation with writer James Baldwin and Dick Gregory in London about the black experience in America and how it relates to the Caribbean and Great Britain. Directed by Horace Ové. www.broccolicity.com All of the world belongs to all of us.

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              • Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance: July 2011: San Francisco, CA


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                Performance Highlights. Harlem’s queer dandies meet dapper bulldaggers, sultry sirens mingle with soulful crooners; and cinematic truthtellers greet revolutionary poets in riotous splendor. Welcome to our queerest of queer Speakeasy. This is a 7 minute 27 second piece from hours of performance and interviews with artists (no interviews in this cut). The intention is to make a 56minute version in the very near future-- that will include full performances and interviews with performers as well as some behind the scenes footage. http://queerrebels.com

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                • Giovanni's Room


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                  This short film was designed for the 'culture' section of Qind online magazine (Qindonline.com). It is a review/critical exploration of the novel 'Giovanni's Room' by James Baldwin, featuring online reviews from numerous contributors (detailed credits can be found at the end of the film). It also features the work of photographer Alex Veledzimovich (flickr.com/photos/veledz).

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                  • Hot Topic: Feminist Memory Project


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                    Hot Topic is an ongoing art project that investigates the role of artist-as-memory-keeper through the creation of an alternate cannon of feminist portraits. Begun in 2006, the series now comprises 80 paintings celebrating a diverse range of figures, and continues to grow. Hot Topic began as a series of 60 portraits of feminist icons named in the song of the same name by the iconic electro-feminist band Le Tigre. The goal of the project was to engage in a form of political art-making that was not critical of dominant culture, but instead celebratory of alternative social movements. Hot Topic is a tribute to feminist heroes of all stripes: artists, activists, writers, musicians, and others. In a world that celebrates manufactured pop stars but forgets the names of suffragists, I wanted to find a way to solidify the memory of the underground superstars who have made such a difference to feminists of my generation. Portraiture has traditionally been used as a means of depicting the wealth and high social standing of its (often male) subjects. I wanted to use the portrait for its ability to announce importance and greatness, without upholding the tired ideals of the brave and solitary hero or genius. Presented on the wall in a grid, the works no longer stand as individual portraits and instead form a pastiche that is indicative of the interconnectivity and community so integral to feminist culture. For this exhibition I am proposing that we display the video of the series, although displaying the original paintings is potentially an option as well. They will be in an exhibition at La Centrale Gallery Powerhouse in May 2014. Carol Rama, Eleanor Antin, Yoko Ono, Carolee Schneemann, Gretchen Phillips, Cibo Matto, Leslie Feinberg, Faith Ringgold, Mr. Lady, Laura Cottingham, Mab Segrest, The Butchies, Tammy Rae Carland, Sleater-Kinney, Vivienne Dick, Lorraine O'Grady, Gayatri Spivak, Angela Davis, Laurie Weeks, Dorothy Allison, Gertrude Stein, Marlon Riggs, Billie Jean King, Ut, DJ Cuttin' Candy, David Wojnarowicz, Melissa York, Nina Simone, Ann Peebles, Tami Hart, The Slits, Hanin Elias, Hazel Dickens, Cathy Sissler, Shirley Muldowney, Urvashi Vaid, Valie Export, Cathy Opie, James Baldwin, Diane Dimassa, Aretha Franklin, Joan Jett, Mia X, Krystal Wakem, Kara Walker, Justin Bond, Bridget Irish, Juliana Leucking, Cecilia Dougherty, Ariel Skrag, The Need, Vaginal Creme Davis, Alice Gerard, Billy Tipton, Julie Doucet, Yayoi Kusama, Eileen Myles, JD Samson, Johanna Fateman, Kathleen Hanna!

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                    • very strong light


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                      Visual artist and founder of 2-Cent Media in New Orleans Brandan "B Mike" Odums has transformed the abandoned Florida Projects into an underground art gallery. Through a campaign over instagram the artist has dubbed #ProjectBe several more creators and curious visitors have ventured into this space left desolate since Hurricane Katrina to contribute their individual glow. The result is a concentration of very strong light. Music by @chadconQlion purplereign.bandcamp.com

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